German manufacturer Wacker Neuson has officially opened its new Pinghu facility, near Shanghai, China, two years after the initial ground-breaking ceremony.
Strategically located between the cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou, and with access to good infrastructure, the new facility covers a total area of about 135 000m2 and has about 30 000m2 of building space. The site has a production plant, a research and development (R&D) centre, a training centre and teams dealing with quality management, logistics, sales and service and administration functions.
The decision to open this new plant was said to symbolise the group’s long-term commitment to customers and partners in China. Wacker Neuson says it sees China as a key market for the group, offering future growth potential, especially for mini excavators and construction equipment.
Speaking of how the plant brings Wacker Neuson closer to its Chinese customers, David Wei, managing director of Wacker Neuson China, says, “Our presence here will enable us to meet their needs even more effectively and offer services tailored to the region.”
Martin Lehner, CEO of Wacker Neuson, adds, “Rising demand for improved infrastructure, the expansion and modernisation of the country’s road and rail network, plus increased focus on more efficient, environmentally sound compact equipment in this country are further proof that we have made the right decision.”
Wacker Neuson has distributed construction equipment in China for more than 20 years and in that time has established a sales and service network. Products manufactured at the Pinghu facility will be distributed through that existing network, which the company says will see additional expansion in the future.
In addition, Wacker Neuson has also entered into a partnership with US-based manufacturer John Deere and is producing mini and compact excavators in the 1.5 to 6.8 tonne class at the factory in Pinghu. They will be marketed under the Deere brand and distributed via the John Deere dealer network to customers in China, Australia and selected countries in Southeast Asia.